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Puerto Rico, Naturalization Records, 1900-1981
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Record Description
Record Type: Petitions for naturalization
Collection years: 1900-1981
Languages: English
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NARA NAID 2843635. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a collection of US Naturalization Records from Puerto Rico, held at the NARA regional office in New York City. Records for this collection go from 1900-1981, however there are no records between September 6, 1906 and April 2, 1917. NARA ARC ID is 2843635

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Oath of Allegiance

  • Country they were citizen of
  • Signature of petitioner
  • Date of oath
  • Clerk name
  • Petition Number and Certificate Number

Birth Certificate Information

  • Date and time of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Parents name
  • Occupation of parents
  • Grandparents name
  • Witness of event, also address, other info.
  • Where original may be found

Declaration of Intent

  • Name
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Birthplace and date
  • Spouse name, birth and entry info.
  • Marriage info.
  • Children
  • Picture of person
  • Signature of person

Petition for Naturalization

  • Name
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Country renouncing
  • Birthplace and date
  • Spouse name, birth and entry info.
  • Marriage info.
  • Children and births
  • Signature of person
  • Witnesses name, occupation, residence
  • Date of document

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to find the ship manifest
  • Search for vital records such as marriage and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and probate records
  • Use the record to see if other family members may have immigrated with the person

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process
  • Check other possible ports of entry

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Puerto Rico.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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